1. Hi there! What's your name? Want to introduce yourself?
Howdy! I'm Walter, 21, graduate, aspiring artist and game developer. You can see my art here: http://theaciscold.tumblr.com/. It's really not great, but I've been making significant strides lately, and I'm determined to continue doing so throughout the year! I work at an ice rink and I love all kinds of entertainment media.
2. Did you participate in the last jam we held? If so, what do you plan on doing better this time? If not, what's your reason for joining?
I've never participated in a game jam - this'll be my first. It'll be my first real game too! Last year I did a lot of fiddling with GameMaker and had some ideas for games I could make, but lacked the drive to follow through. Starting 2017 by finally biting that bullet seemed like a great idea, so I'm happy to have come across this jam.
3. What games are your favorites? Did any of them inspire you, or made you want to make your own?
Shadow of the Colossus is my all-time favorite. Other favorites are FFXII, Kentucky Route Zero, Read Only Memories - many, many more. Recently, I played through The Last Guardian, and while I still prefer Shadow of the Colossus, this game completely blew me away. Atmosphere in games is really important to me, and Fumito Ueda and his teams have nailed it each time with architecture, music, character design, and everything in between. Those games, perhaps more than anything else, have inspired me to pursue game development.
4. Do you have experience with game development? What did you do/with what engine?
The only experience I have is the aforementioned fiddling with GameMaker, which, I think, resulted in enough know-how to make the extremely simple game I have in mind. Hopefully I'll learn more in the process! I'm also interested in Unity, but that's a little ways down the road.
5. Tell us about something you're passionate about!
I like comics, movies, anime, boxing, ice skating, and fishing, but video games are really what I'm most passionate about. Games like The Last Guardian or Kentucky Route Zero are breathtaking experiences for me - I love taking my time and getting lost in that eerie atmosphere.